inauspicious inauspicious  /ɪ ˌnaʊ ˈspɪ ʃɪs/


  1. (adj) not auspicious; boding ill
  2. (adj) contrary to your interests or welfare
  3. (adj) presaging ill fortune



  1. For a prize widely considered the world's most prestigious, the Nobels had a surprisingly inauspicious beginning.
  2. Some pregnant women with babies due around the date scheduled their births for earlier, to avoid leaving their children with an inauspicious birth date.
  3. The timing of the computer-generated film, which depicts the ancient confrontation of Sparta and the Persian empire at the Battle of Thermopylae, is certainly inauspicious.



  1. In his Farewell Address in September, 1796, Washington said: "Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."
    on Feb 28, 2007 By: George Washington Source: Mathaba.Net

  2. Speaking about Saturday's game, McGeechan said: "We are obviously delighted to have made it to the Final, particularly from such an inauspicious beginning in September and October. It will be a great occasion. Wasps versus Leicester is always a...
    on May 30, 2008 By: Ian McGeechan Source:

  3. "The second half of the year is off to an inauspicious start," said Brendan Caldwell, president of Caldwell Securities Ltd., which oversees the equivalent of $377 million in Toronto. "Earnings numbers will be strong this quarter, but...
    on Jul 2, 2004 By: St Brendan Source: Bloomberg

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